Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.


Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.


Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!


Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.


Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/

It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.


Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.

A baker's dozen intrepid pickers: Howard, Rod, Derrick, Madeleine, Brian, Lorraine, Rob, Dave, Bernard, Gordon, Henry & Mike (neither in picture) and yours truly sallied forth on this fine October morning
National speed limit (60 mph, not 85), Rod venturing forth down the Bradford Road and ... the X31 bus???? This First bus took a wrong turn at the Rudloe Fiveways mini-roundabouts and sped off towards ...? About 15 minutes later it returned but ...
Here's the X31 returning up the Bradford Road with Howard doing a double-take. We couldn't figure out where the bus could have turned around - there is nowhere on this road for such a manoeuvre - but the driver did it.
The MoD land to the east of the Bradford Road, 'below' Gorse Farm - as this area to the east of the Bradford Road in not within the Cotswold AONB, it may also eventually fall into the hands of developers
One of the fields to the west of the Bradford Road. The old Box Highlands School site lies at top-right in the picture. These fields should (should!) be safe from developers as they lie within the Cotswold AONB.
Howard, hard at work in White Ennox Lane while the photographer, typically, just faffs about taking pictures
A spindle (Euonymus europaea) in White Ennox Lane along with one of the piles of rubble deposited by Wadswick Agro-Industrial Complex
Rod and Howard on a rubbish hunt in White Ennox Lane, by the old Box Highlands School site, approach Doohan's Wood
And, at the entrance to the school site, they come across this specimen, a fine-looking water butt stuffed with pipe and gutter remnants
Unfortunately out of reach, plastic bottles chucked into this field to the south of Boxfields Road
"All our own work, guv" - Rod, Henry, Dave and Howard with this month's rather modest haul (perhaps people are becoming better-behaved?)

November 2019 - locals (John pictured) clear Bradford Road of litter while the 'authorities' despoil the environment by felling and poisoning our trees (title picture 1); cyclamen opposite Stone Close as Brian passes on the Bradford Road/A4 circuit (title picture 2); the throwaway society is approaching its zenith as people have started to throw money away - these two ten-pound notes were found in the A4 verge above Copenacre (title picture 3)

November's crew assembled: Derrick, Madeleine, John, Rod (behind John), Brian, Lorraine (behind Brian), Bernard, Dave's grandson, Jan (hidden by Dave), Dave, Meg venturing forth and with Mike already departed and Howard yet to arrive
Howard taking the high road behind Springfield Close
John clearing litter in our former meadow, now despoiled by development which was supported by Corsham Town Council and Box Parish Council. Now, Corsham Town Council opposes the brownfield development at ex-RAF Rudloe No 2 Site - unbelievable!
John points out the new 'Welcome to the Parish of Box' sign in Bradford Road. More accurately, this should say 'Welcome to Rudloe, an outpost of the parish of Box, which receives no support from the council'.
Brian in a relatively quiet Bradford Road thanks to the three-month road closure for works associated with the desecration of our environment (see articles at News, Rudloe and News, Hawthorn on this website)
A landscape version of the title picture - cyclamen in the Bradford Road verge opposite Stone Close with Brian hunting for litter beyond
Brian heading up the A4 at Copenacre. A number of 'Let by' signs have appeared on this new development indicating that houses are being snapped up, not by home buyers, but by speculators looking for profit ...
... and here's our profit for the day - two tenners found in the A4 verge above Copenacre
Now on the hunt for £20 notes in the A4 verge opposite Rudloe Firs
Rudloe Firs is beginning (only beginning on 3rd November!) to look autumnal; Brian is pondering how to spend his tenner
Leafy Lane Wood too is beginning to look autumnal; still no further news on the proposed natural burial site here
Sixteen sacks of litter plus various other paraphernalia is this month's haul

1st December 2019 brought a fine day for the Rudloe and environs litter pick. The title pictures show Rod heading south at Thorneypits, John in White Ennox Lane, Howard in Boxfields Road and couple of festive horses at the junction of Boxfields Road and Leafy Lane.

Getting ready for the off ... Mike is already off; others are John, Howard, Tricia, Lorraine, Rod, Dave, Jan (hidden), David, a headless man (Gordon) and John with Derrick yet to arrive
Morecambe and Wise? Ant and Dec? The two Ronnies? No, it's the Derrick and John show.
Rod in a relatively quiet Bradford Road which is normally like a race track
Jan approaching the Bradford Road in White Ennox Lane
John also in White Ennox Lane (as am I) so it should be pretty well cleared by the time we have finished
The delights of the hedgerow in White Ennox Lane; rose hips (edible via jam, jelly, syrup etc) with black bryony (poisonous) below
Now Rod makes his way up White Ennox Lane with a fine toothcomb
More rubbish which, unfortunately, could not be removed. Who would care if anyone turned here once in a blue moon?
Howard in Boxfields Road
Man's appetite for meat is one of the biggest drivers of global warming; larches in Leafy Lane Wood are displaying their typical autumn colour
Man's appetite for meat ... ah, we've done that one. This is one of the sites of the Boxfields prefabs in Boxfields Road.
And beyond the Boxfields prefab site we have 'The Village on the Hill' with its fine inns, the Fox and Hounds and the Six Bells
Reindeer replacements in Boxfields Road practising for the Christmas Eve run
And this is this month's haul which is significant but not as large as it might have been before our monthly endeavours started
Beech in Leafy Lane from Clift Close
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